Judge dismisses AEG execs from Jackson lawsuit

ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has dismissed two executives from a negligence lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson’s mother against the promoters of his planned comeback concerts.

Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled Monday that lawyers for Katherine Jackson hadn’t proven claims that Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live LLC, and promoter Paul Gongaware could be held responsible the death of the pop star.

The judge ruled that a jury should determine whether AEG Live hired the doctor later convicted of giving Michael Jackson a lethal overdose of anesthetic in June 2009.

Katherine Jackson’s lawyers have attacked the actions of Gongaware and Phillips during the months leading to the death. They have claimed the men missed warning signs about the superstar’s health and created a conflict of interest for his physician.

AEG Live denies any wrongdoing.

 

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